Use Keyboard Maestro to quickly access OmniFocus features and perspectives through global hot keys and to tap into OmniFocus' AppleScript support.
Keyboard Maestro has an extensive library of “actions” that can be triggered in a wide variety of ways. Actions can be as simple as switching to an app or opening a file, but can also include conditional logic (e.g. launch OmniFocus if it isn’t currently running) and long sequences of actions.
These actions are commonly triggered by keyboard hot keys, but Keyboard Maestro also supports a wide variety of other triggers. For example, an action can be triggered by plugging in a USB device, by connecting to a wireless network or even by typing some text. Additionally, actions can be configured to be performed periodically or at specific times.
Keyboard Maestro can make it very convenient to get to OmniFocus feature and perspectives. For example, pressing a global hot key of ^⌥⌘ 1 could automatically launch OmniFocus, if it’s not already running, and switch to the Inbox. And a global hotkey of ^⌥⌘ O could give you convenient access to OmniFocus’ Quick Open feature. Keyboard Maestro can also run AppleScript code, which opens up all kinds of possibilities for automated workflows.
Keyboard Maestro Trial and Discount
Stairways Software, the creators of Keyboard Maestro, have kindly offered a 20% discount to everyone in the Learn OmniFocus community. Enter the coupon code LOF20 when purchasing Keyboard Maestro to apply the discount. You can also download and test drive Keyboard Maestro before purchasing.
Keyboard Maestro Macros for OmniFocus
To help you get started, download these Keyboard Maestro Macros for OmniFocus. Most macros reference built-in perspectives and features and will work without any additional modification, but a few (e.g. Jump to Important, Search Available and Search Remaining) rely on custom perspectives. For more information on creating custom perspectives watch the Custom Perspectives with OmniFocus for Mac (Pro) video.
Please note that it will be necessary to remap the hot keys contained within these macros if they conflict with other hotkeys you’re using. These macros are provided without warranty and are not guaranteed to work in future versions of OmniFocus.
- Keyboard Maestro Field Guide — David Sparks has an excellent Keyboard Maestro Field Guide that will help you get the most out of Keyboard Maestro. It doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of Keyboard Maestro and is a great resource for both new and seasoned Keyboard Maestro users.
- Using OmniFocus — Kourosh Dini shared a Keyboard Maestro macro to Quickly Access and Hide Features using Keyboard Maestro. While the macro will work without modification, you may want to make some adjustments. For example, you can customize the size of the expanded and minimized windows.